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White House drug policy official to speak at WMU

Oct. 17, 2005

KALAMAZOO--Mary Ann Solberg, deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, will visit Western Michigan University Tuesday, Oct. 18 for a 4 p.m. lecture.

Solberg, a WMU alumna, is expected to discuss the impact of drug control efforts on the nation's health care industry. She will tour the University's new College of Health and Human Services building and then deliver a free public address in the Motion Analysis Laboratory, which is located on the fourth floor of the facility. A question-and-answer session will follow her address.

During her visit to Kalamazoo, Solberg also will meet with University and community officials.

Solberg was nominated to her position in September 2001 by President George W. Bush. The principal purpose of ONDCP is to establish policies, priorities and objectives for the United State's drug control program. The goals of the program are to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing, trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related health consequences. Her role is to serve as the primary advisor to the director for a broad range of matters pertaining to drug policy.

She is the former executive director of the Coalition of Healthy Communities and the Troy Community Coalition for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse in Troy, Mich. From 1977 to 1991 she held various positions with Troy Adult and Community Education, serving as director and coordinator of student recruitment and overseeing department publicity and women's concerns. She was a member of the Advisory Committee to Develop a National Prevention System at the National Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Advisory Committee for the National Ad Council's Community Anti-Drug Campaign. In 1998 she was named to the President's Commission on Drug-Free Communities and was elected co-chair.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, (269) 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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